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The Silver Spoon - Phaidon
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The Silver Spoon - Phaidon
Advantages: Straightforward layout; encyclopaedic content
Disadvantages: Not enough pictures
My husband bought me this, I think in the hope that I would venture away from spaghetti bolognaise! I think it has worked. It is a veritable encyclopaedia of Italian cooking, with thousands of recipes (yes, I do mean thousands) organised into chapters such as antipasti eggs and frittata and poultry. However, and it is a downside for a lot of people, there aren't many pictures and the ones that there are do not have the bright light and prettiness that we are used to nowadays in cookbooks. Is that really a bad thing? Well I suppose it stops that sense of disappointment when your finished dish doesn't look quite as shiny and delicious as the one in the book, but I find not having a picture sometimes stops me making a recipe. Maybe that's just me. (Mind you, heaven knows how big the book would have been if they had put in pictures of all the recipes!)
That said, I have used this book a lot - mainly for dishes that I've had in Italian restaurants and want to try to recreate at home. The recipes are set out in a very straightforward way and most of them use ingredients that can be bought in big supermarkets. I think a novice cook might struggle a little with some of the recipes - they do pre-suppose some knowledge of cooking techniques.
My favourite thing about the book is its straightforward layout; and particularly that in the chapter on vegetables the recipes are grouped by vegetable, so it's easy to find something fresh to do with that odd looking vegetable in the bottom of your veg box!
I would say this is a must-have for any real fans of Italian cooking. It is functional, but not pretty.
Summary: A must-have for fans of Italian cooking
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